Last man standing
Wednesday 18th April 2012, final random pub, London.
It had been a long day. By the time I paid the food bill, I was tired, emotional and drunk. We wandered off in the general direction of Upper Street and ended up in the Old Queen's Head on Essex Road, desperate for one last encounter to round off the day. Just one last hit. We found a cosy corner, ordered a round of beers and tweeted our location.
Nothing happened for about 20 minutes and just as it looked as though the night might end in anticlimax, Riccardo rocked up. He'd spent the last few hours trawling Exmouth Market and hanging around for our final tweet. Riccardo had a million questions, but I honestly can't recall too much about the conversation and I don't think I even asked him what he planned to do with the money. I just remember passing him the envelope and seeing his eyes grow wide then slowly narrow in trepidation (he'd never even seen a 50 before, let alone 20 of them). He hurriedly stuffed the cash into his coat; he was worried about getting home safely, explaining that his friend had recently been mugged.
We were going home in opposite directions, but I walked Riccardo back to Upper Street and told him to get a cab. I was exhausted and as my own taxi trundled north through the rainy streets I reflected on one of the strangest and most exhilarating days of my life. I'd certainly met some fantastic people and I was sure that the money was going to places that I would never have reached on my own. I'd put a few smiles on a few faces and that was set to multiply. Yep, this had to go down as a great day.
Questions & Answers
1. What have you decided to do with the money?
At first I didn't really know what to do because I have so many things that I'd like to support and I couldn't choose. Then I found out that a close friend of mine had problems paying her university fees and may be forced to leave the country. I proposed to help her, but she wouldn't accept the money. She is determined to fix things on her own and this made me think about how money isn't always the answer. But I'm really keen to help and I hope that she changes her mind. If she turns me down again I'll have to face the good choice/bad choice dilemma and I want to avoid that.
2. What does 'good' mean to you?
Good is having or trying to have some kind of empathy with the people you meet in your life. Trying to understand their feelings and worries and making an effort to help them whenever possible.
3. Is it better to make a small impact on a big problem or a big impact on a small problem?
Definitely a big impact on a small problem. It's the only way to make the most out of the act of giving. I also think we must try to help someone or something we really care about, in a way that teaches a life lesson. That's the best way to share the positive impact.
4. Did you feel lucky or responsible?
Definitely responsible. Maybe too much. I'm a very anxious person, so a large amount of money presents a big opportunity to create something great, but l feel the weight of responsibility in making that choice.
5. What are your overall thoughts and feelings about Wearelucky?
I see it as an amazing chance for people to do something good for others, but also or for themselves. Mainly, it causes us to wonder about the role that money has in our lives and consider better ways to deal with it. I don't think we have a good relationship with money and we need to think more about that.